William C. Chittick, Ph.D, Prof.

Institute for Sufi Studies


(0216) 400 2222

Short CV

William C. Chittick was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1943. As an undergraduate student majoring in history at the College of Wooster (Ohio), Chittick spent the 1964–1965 academic year abroad, studying Islamic history at the American University of Beirut. Chittick began his graduate work in the foreign students program at the University of Tehran’s Faculty of Letters in 1966. In 1974, he obtained a doctoral degree in Persian language and literature under Nasr’s supervision. Chittick then began teaching comparative religion at Aryamehr Technical University (now Sharif University of Technology) and, in 1978, joined the faculty of the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy (now the Iranian Institute of Philosophy). Shortly before the revolution in 1979, he returned to the United States to continue his work in religious studies. In 2012, he worked as a visiting lecturer in Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies in Beijing for one year. During this year, he taught on fundamental principles of Islamic thought, and the views of great scholars like Avicenna, Ibn ‘Arabī and Jāmī. Chittick is author and translator of thirty books and more than one hundred seventy five articles on Islamic thought, Sufism, Shi’ism, and Persian literature. His books have been translated into many languages. William Chittick is known for his works on Ibn Arabī and Rūmī and currently works as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University. He is interested in various research topics in the field of sufism and Islamic philosophy, and continues to give lectures on Islamic classics, Hinduism and other fields of religious studies.

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